The Streets of Philadelphia
So, when I think of Philly, my mind immediately turns to 80s movies such as Rocky and Trading Places, where the 80s struggling economy made an impact and the streets were grey and filled with homeless folk. Because that’s what the movie portrayed. If you watch the scene where Rocky does his training montage, this is what you see (along with Sly’s pecs and abs, of course).
But Philly has changed a lot and it was utterly delightful, charismatic and quirky.
What I loved about Philly
1. Reading Market, which is a bustle of noise, people, sights and tastes. And it also asks that no grumpy people come in, which I love!
2. The streets are made for walking. This is a city you can really walk. It’s just the right size and is a mix of old and new, quirky and historical, bars and museums.
3. It kind of reminded me of London, but at the same time was properly American with the sounds of the trains and the factories and the sirens. That is a good mix in my book.
4. The food is amazing. And I don’t just mean the Philly Cheesesteaks – I mean the fish selection, the meat selection and vege selection. All of it! Oh, and the beer and the wine!
5. The Rocky Steps and Art Museum. The token guy dressed as a very crap, very out of shape Rocky was at the top was naturally amusing, and everyone did that run up the steps, but there were the serious folks too who were actually really running and were probably well pissed off with all the tourists, but that’s how it rolls folks!
6. Yes, we saw the Liberty Bell which proclaimed liberty for the USA and Elfreth Alley (the oldest street in the USA and very quaint) and we saw the LOVE sign, but for me Philly was much more than these tourist sites. It was a city with a heart and soul and character and personality, and I liked it very much.
So, there we have it – Philly was awesomeballs. And so was super trendy hipster town Manyunk about 2 miles outside of the city, which had more brunch and consignment places than I have ever seen before in one main street. I could defo live there!
More roadtrips are planned before our four months are up. Still in denial about going home, though, dear reader!